The USA 7’s team claim top honours at home during the Las Vegas 7’s after wins against 3 of the 4 Oceania Teams this weekend on their road to victory.
Fiji finished atop of Pool A advancing to the Cup Quarter Finals to secure a win over Oceania cousins New Zealand (14-10). This followed solid pool round wins over Russia (38-0), France (33-5) and a narrow loss to Kenya (14-17). A loss to the USA (7-19) in the Cup Semi Finals set up a meeting with South Africa in a playoff for Bronze and with a lead at half time 19-5 Fiji Coach Gareth Baber told his side “Every time we’ve picked the pace up they haven’t coped with us so keep doing it. We have to keep our discipline." The words kept the boys from Fiji on task as they took out the match 26-22 to claim Bronze.
Australia finished 2nd in Pool C after claiming victories over Spain (24-0), Samoa (24-7) combined with a loss to USA (7-28) before going down to South Africa (29-17) in the Cup Quarter Finals. A win over Kenya (21-26) set up a meeting in what could only be described as match of the tournament against New Zealand. New Zealand’s path to the 5th place came after wins over Uruguay (28-7) and Scotland (26-17) and a loss to Cup finalist Argentina (16-19) which setup a Quarter Final meeting with Fiji (14-10). A win over the UK (19-14) set up the face off with Australia.
The see-sawing match went into extra time with the Aussie 7s scoring a last gasp try, thanks to Lewis Holland, to level the scores after the siren at 12-12. New Zealand claimed the victory with a try to speedster Sione Molia. Speaking after the match Aussie 7s coach, Andy Friend said, “The last three times we have played New Zealand have come right down to the wire. I thought the guys did really well to get the game to extra time. They took their last chance and that’s how tight the game of Sevens is at the moment.”
It was a tough outing for Manu Samoa in Las Vegas finishing the weekend in 13th Place after losses to USA (12-26), Australia (24-7), Wales (19-21) and stunning wins over Spain (29-14), Urugay (12-26) and Spain (28-7) saw the Manu just miss out on the Challenge final.
After 5 rounds of the HSBC Sevens Series the Oceania Teams are all placed in the top 10 with New Zealand, Fiji and Australia placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively and Samoa in 9th place. Each team will be looking to advance on this position at next weekends Vancouver 7’s which sees each team in a different Pool.
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